Spring Makeup

With the lighter and brighter weather we’ve been having here in the UK, not to mention the trees full of blossom, I’ve been busy finding ways to embrace the spring season. This weekend I even (finally) packed away my winter coats and have added my lighter jackets back into my wardrobe. I have also been switching it up on the beauty front with a few new items and an old favourite coming out of hibination.

L'oreal Nail Polish

L’oreal Colour Riche in Rose Ballet – Since reading Rebecca’s post on dirty/dusty pink nail polish I have been on a search for one that’s just right. This colour from L’oreal is rose-y enough to be perfect for spring, but also has that slightly dull, deeper tone that keeps it modern and not too girly.

L'oreal False Lash Sculpt

L’oreal False Lash Sculpt – This is my new mascara of choice. After hearing all about it’s ‘tight-lining’ properties (which I’m not entirely sold on…) I made sure to give it a go. One thing this mascara is good for is VOLUME, and lots of it. It can look slightly clumpy, which I know some people enjoy, but I like to run a mascara with a slightly thinner wand through after, just to separate my lashes a little bit. It’s definitely sticking around for spring but I’m a bit of a mascara floozie at the moment so no doubt I’ll have another new favourite soon. I’ve got my eye’s on a NYX one next…

L'oreal True Match Foundation

L’oreal True Match – If you caught my most recent beauty post you’ll know that I’ve been having a foundation nightmare of late. It seems that I went through a pretty bad patch of choosing the complete wrong formulas and colour matches and none of them were working. I’d heard the L’oreal True Match is a fairly good dupe for the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and so far I’ve been loving it!

L'oreal Infallible Matt Max

L’oreal Infallible Matte Max – Now this is unlike any lip product I’ve owned before, and at first I was massively put off by the weird sponge applicator. I thought it was too big and the product looked to chalky to do my lips any favours, but after hearing Alix speak pretty highly of it I took the plunge. And it’s not nearly as difficult to apply as I though it would be. The texture is strange but not chalky and the colour is great for a daytime matte that has some decent staying power.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush

Max Factor Creme Puff – Ah the old favourite of the post! I love this little pink blush – it’s just right for spring when your cheeks need that little pop of colour that’s not too bold. In summer I’ll be going for something a little more bronze-y but for now this is the only blush I have eyes for.

Nyx Adorable Eyeshadow Palette

NYX Adorable Eyeshadow Palette – This little palette hung around in my Asos saved items for so long, while it went out of stock and then came back in, until I finally made it happen. The thing with eye palettes that takes me so long in deciding, is whether I’ll really use all the colours. If not then I’m not sure it’s going to be worth my money. This one is worth it – a mix of matt and shimmer and all in fairly natural colours. The only one I’m not sold on it the pink but once I work out how to use it effectively then this palette will be coming everywhere with me.

So that’s my little shake up of spring makeup – what have you added to your makeup bags for the spring time? Let me know! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin to keep up with all the new Girlglobalising content!

Beauty Blender

When Beauty Blenders first became really popular I didn’t really see the point when I had perfectly good brushes to use. Why spend even more time dib-dabbing at my face with a sponge when I could be done in two minutes with a brush? However, in recent months I have been in somewhat of a foundation rut. I’ve been using up bits and bobs – ones I had bought but had never really worked for me, ones that were slightly too dark and ones where the consistency just didn’t work for my skin.

Wandering down the make up brush aisle of Boots one day I picked up the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge on a whim, hoping that it would be the cure to my foundation woes. When using a Beauty Blender you have to be aware of how damp they need to be before use. Upon first use I gingerly ran it under the tap until it was barely damp and then attempted to apply a combination of wrong foundations to my face. Needless to say I was unimpressed, thought my suspicions were correct and tossed it to the back of my cupboard.

Since then I’ve decided that if not even one of my current bases were working then it was time to try something new. On the spur of the moment I also dug out my (now slightly dusty) Beauty Blender, doused it in water and firmly rung it out. If it was ever going to work for me then now was the time.

The outcome of my new base (now both the correct colour and consistency for my skin) and the use of the Beauty Blender was far better than my ill-fated first time. It’s definitely not as long winded a process as I thought and the foundation seems to really sink into the skin and appears more dewy than before. Of course I have tested this theory and can now confirm that when I use a brush as opposed to the sponge it seems to smear the foundation across my face and I have to really work it in. It’s official – I’m a Beauty Blender convert and I’m proud of it.

Do you have any more tips on using a Beauty Blender? Any cleaning tips would be fab as I’m yet to get over that hurdle! You can follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin if you fancy keeping up with any Girlglobalising daily content.

Beauty Blender

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The winter months are always hard on my skin. I have quite dry skin anyway, so add in the freezing weather, going in and out of heated buildings and the general trials of winter and I turn into one scale-y being. Although I try to keep on top of a good skin care regime there’s no stopping the effects that winter has on it, and it’s not until around this time of year that I really get back to my non-lizard like self. There are a few new products that I’ve added to my routine that I feel are finally helping me look at little it perkier and ready for spring. Lord knows, we are all ready for a little bit of sunshine and blossom!

 

  1. The Body Shop Spa of the World Japanese Camellia Cream

However much of a mouthful the name is, this stuff is a dream for dry limbs and body parts. I was treated to this at Christmas and I’m still making my way through it, even though I use it pretty much everyday. I keep it in my bathroom and apply a nice light covering after my shower. It’s great for legs and arms and smells AH-MA-ZING!

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2. Nivea Men Sensitive Moisturiser

Yes, this is a mens product. It was actually a tip off from my boyfriend. It’s the moisturiser that he uses and on the one (or two…) occasions that I’ve had to borrow some, it’s been one of the most moisturising creams I’ve used on my skin in a long time. It’s quite thick, but it sinks in really quickly and smells super nice too. A win-win to tackle any dry patches left over from winter.

3. L’Occitane Light Comforting Cream

I snagged a small sample pot of this recently and have been using it almost daily since. It’s quite light, but still get some good moisture in there. It will definitely be something I pick up more in summer as it will be perfect at sinking in quickly before putting make up on.

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4. L’Occitane Face Comforting Oil

Again, another little sample pot, but another really great introduction into my skin care routine. I’ve read many times that the more moisturising oils you put on your skin, the less greasy oils your skin produces during the day. I pop a little bit of this on at night in combination with a cream and it’s slowly working it’s magic on my winter ravaged face.

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5. Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream

I started using this in desperation when my normal cream was not doing a good enough job. It’s super thick and quite heavy, but once it’s on at night I just leave it to do its thing and when I wake up its all gone and not at all greasy.

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6. The Body Shop Almond Hand Cream

Let talk about hands for a second. Mine have suffered since my barista days, washing up and failing to take my gloves out with me. This hand cream works a treat though. It’s quite thick and takes a little bit of working in, but doesn’t take to long to sink in. They’re not quite youthful hands yet, but they’re getting there!

Hopefully with the help of these lotions and potions my skin will be ready to be bared in a few weeks! What other items do you use to help with your skin? I’m always interested in trying new products, so do let me know. Don’t forget to follow me on Bloglovin and Instagram to catch my other spring related posts coming up!

 

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Having written about my makeup routine before, and then following with one that has a bit more too it, it seems I’m now professing my love of yet another product. But having followed a number of beauty bloggers for awhile now, if one thing is clear it’s that the beauty world moves quickly and as soon as one thing seems great, another thing will come along that’s even better. Take highlighting and now strobing for example – soon we’ll just be smooshing our face into a pot highlighter and calling it a job well done.

But anyway, my new favourite product is courtesy of H&M Beauty. As has already been mentioned by many before the whole range is beautiful and packaged to look far more highend than it is. My product of choice is an eyeshadow and it was actually inspired by Lily Pebbles, an amazing¬†beauty blogger. Named Baci di Dama, it’s a lovely golden colour that actually looks far more copper-y on my eyes. Normally I just put a light wash right across my lids, pop on a bit of mascara and be done for the day with a slightly more put together look than what I would normally go for. Likewise it’s a colour that can easily be ‘dressed up’ and added to for an evening look. If it were me I would pair it with something a little darker in the crease of the eye, add a small cat flick and then loooads of mascara.

Although most days I stick to what I know, something I can slap on in a hurry and then run out the door, sometimes¬†it’s nice to have a back up option of something that’s equally as easy but just a little bit different. I can’t wait to see what other options H&M Beauty has. I bet there’s a few treasures in there that will become staples in my makeup bag.

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I thought about writing this post before Christmas because I was all ‘Oh ma gawwd I own a piece of Chanel!’ excited, but it then crossed my mind that it would get lost amongst all the festive red lip offerings from multiple other bloggers at this time of year. So instead I offer you the perfect post Christmas lipstick. The kind you can pop on after all the pillar box matte reds from the office parties and Christmas Day.

I picked up this handy little beauty in Duty Free on my way back from Prague and it has to be one of the nicest lipsticks I’ve ever used. I picked the colour Boheme as it seemed fitting having just visiting a place with a certain amount of Bohemian history and it’s the perfect light red-almost pink colour. It’s part of the Rouge Coco Shine range and is so light and moisturising – perfect if you’ve been hitting the all drying matte liquid lipsticks and stains to hard. It will definitely be a firm favourite of mine well into the new year.

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